Ring of Honor 10th Anniversary Preview

Ring of Honor will celebrate 10 years of providing its brand of professional wrestling Sunday March 4, when it runs its “10th Anniversary Show.” The stars of Ring of Honor’s past and present will be competing Sunday. Ring of Honor has been about showcasing young talent performing at the best of their abilities, and that will once again be the case Sunday with the “Young Wolves Rising” main event. In addition to the returns of past Ring of Honor wrestlers, there will be two title matches on the card as well.

Let’s take a closer look at each match.

“Young Wolves Rising”
ROH World Champion Davey Richards and Kyle O’Reilly
vs Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole

The tension between Eddie Edwards and his former American Wolves tag team partner Davey Richards and Kyle O’Reilly has been building for over a year now. Edwards shocked the world by becoming the ROH World Champion in March 2011 when most fans thought Richards was the next to hold the strap. Richards did however defeat Edwards in a classic match at “Best in the World 2011” in June to win the belt. The two were still friends at that time, but Edwards would go behind Richards back to train with Dan Severn as he prepared for his rematch at “Final Battle 2011,” where Richards retained his title in the main event.

Richards has been O’Reilly’s mentor for several years and the two train together as Team Ambition. O’Reilly took offense to Edwards going behind Richards back and let it be known that he thinks Edwards is a bad friend and tag partner. Edwards wants to prove to O’Reilly that just because O’Reilly trains with Richards, it doesn’t mean he will be as successful as him. O’Reilly idolizes Richards, and this has rubbed Adam Cole the wrong way. He wanted his and O’Reilly’s Future Shock team to be successful, but O’Reilly seemed more dedicated to training with Richards than teaming with Cole. Cole wants to prove that he has what it takes to have a bright future in Ring of Honor and that he is as good as O’Reilly.

This match should be a great one if it doesn’t go too long. All four men in this match are very familiar with each other, so the chemistry should be there to make a great match. A big complaint of Ring of Honor over the past six months is the lack of main event talent, and here two of the most promising young wrestlers on the roster are being given the opportunity to show they have what it takes to be in the main event. A win for Edwards and Cole would put either man in title contention, especially if they beat Richards. The odds are in favor of Richards and O’Reilly, though, since they have been training together for years and this will only be the second time Edwards and Cole have teamed together.

ROH World Tag Team Championship
ROH World Tag Team Champions Jay and Mark Briscoe defend
vs the Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson)

Both of these teams have been on quite the roll since the second half of 2011. The Young Bucks have been ruthless in pursuit of the tag team titles, going so far as injuring Rhett Titus at “Final Battle 2011.” They finally get the title match they want at the “10th Anniversary Show” against the Dem Boys. The Briscoes have been just as hot in recent months by capturing the ROH World Tag Team Titles for the seventh time in their storied careers. They have defeated all challengers to the titles, with their lone defeat being against the team of Hallowicked and Jigsaw. The Briscoes have the experience advantage in title matches, but the Young Bucks have had championship experience elsewhere. Although the Young Bucks have been ruthless since making their return last summer, they may be going against the craziest tag team in the world. This should be a great match that could possibly steal the show.

ROH World Television Championship
ROH World Television Champion Jay Lethal defends
vs Tommaso Ciampa w/ Embassy LTD.

Jay Lethal has been on the run of a lifetime since returning to Ring of Honor in June 2011. He has a nearly flawless record and has challenged for the ROH World Title on a couple of occasions. The only man that may be on a better roll than Lethal is Ciampa, who is undefeated in Ring of Honor.  Ciampa is the only man to defeat Lethal in a “Proving Ground” match, and he will get his opportunity at the title March 4.

Lethal has been able to defeat almost all comers and has shown the heart of a champion. Ciampa, however, is a cold-blooded killer who shows no remorse when destroying his opponents. Ciampa also has the Embassy LTD in his corner, which will only benefit him. Lethal may be the favorite in the match as the defending champion, but the odds may be stacked against him against the “Dominant Male” and the Embassy.

No DQ
Jimmy Jacobs vs Kevin Steen

At “Final Battle 2011,” Kevin Steen fought to get his Ring of Honor career back against Steve Corino. He succeeded that night, and the man who counted the pinfall that allowed Steen back in the company was Jimmy Jacobs. Jacobs may be the one man in Ring of Honor’s history that is capable of being as evil as Steen, as his run with the Age of the Fall proved. Both men are capable of performing evil, even sadistic, acts to gain the advantage over their opponent, and that should be expected in this match, too. Blood will be shed, and careers will be shortened because of this match. This match may be the most anticipated match on the card, and for good reason. It’s going to be brutal. Steen may be able to dig deeper than Jacobs to pick up the victory, but fans should not be shocked if Jacobs returns to his evil ways.

Amazing Red and TJ Perkins
vs The House of Truth (Roderick Strong and Michael Elgin) w/ Truth Martini

Amazing Red competed in the very first match in Ring of Honor history, and although he hasn’t competed in the company for years, it only makes sense for him to be there when the company celebrates its 10th anniversary. He is an innovator of high-flying offense and fans should expect something, well, amazing when the Amazing Red competes. His partner, TJ Perkins, is also a great wrester who can fly like Red, but is more known for his technical prowess. Roderick Strong and Michael Elgin both have future title shots, so a win here would help them gain momentum going into those title matches. A win by Red and Perkins would put them right into the thick of the title scenes. The House of Truth should win this match, but Red and Perkins are always fun to watch and this could be the sleeper hit of the show.

Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin)
vs All Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus)

Haas and Benjamin are completely different people than who they were when these two teams faced off at “Glory by Honor X” last year. Haas and Benjamin have become rude, arrogant, and just all around unpleasant people. They have developed a mean streak and don’t care about winning and losing as long as they get their point across. This will be the first time the All Night Express have teamed together due to Titus’ knee injury. Will there be any ring rust to take care of? Will Titus’ knee be 100 percent? These questions will be answered at the “10th Anniversary Show.” Haas and Benjamin have to be the favorites going into this match and fans should expect them to target Titus’ knee.

Homicide vs Mike Bennett w/ Brutal Bob & Maria Kanellis

Homicide has been called on to beat some respect into Bennett, who recently tore into New York City, Ring of Honor, and the former wrestlers in the company. Homicide, a former ROH World Champion, is one of the most dangerous men in the wrestling business and the perfect person to give Bennett a tough lesson in respect.  Bennett, who thinks of himself as Ring of Honor’s true superstar, better tread lightly if he wants to make it out of the Hammerstein Ballroom in one piece.

The “10th Anniversary Show” takes place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City Sunday March 4. The event will be aired live on GFL.tv, and the event costs $9.99 and begins at 5 p.m. EST.

Jon Shumake

Jon has been with ROHWorld since March 2011. The American Bearded Nightmare is one half of 'Team America' on ROHCast, which is available every week on ROHWorld, iTunes and Stitcher.